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After Marriage Equality, Court Will Review Affirmative Action

March 27, 2013



After it’s done hearing arguments on marriage equality, the U-S Supreme Court will review Michigan’s ban on using race and sex as factors in admitting students to public colleges and universities. Voters approved the ban in 2006. A federal judge struck it down more recently, and now the state will argue to have the law upheld. Justices are expected to take the Michigan case this fall, after ruling on a challenge to the affirmative action policy at the University of Texas. WDET's Pat Batcheller spoke with Mark Fancher, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union's Michigan Racial Justice Project. He asked Fancher why the court is taking up the case now. Click on the audio link to hear the conversation.